Short Simple Dresses for Graduation, Weddings & Beyond
With simplicity, usually comes elegance and timelessness. That is why a simple cocktail dress is a must-have item for any woman’s wardrobe. Versatile for a range of events and always trustworthy whenever a last minute invitation appears, these flattering and un-fussy dresses are the sartorial workhorses that never need retire.
When looking for a short simple dress, there are a few key things to consider, in order to get that dress purchase just right. Here’s a quick check list of boxes to tick off as you shop:
- Is it a flattering shape and cut on your body?
- Does the color suit your skin tone and give you a natural highlight?
- Is it a simple block color, free of detail and not referencing any major trends or fashion ‘moments’?
Once you’ve consider these, it’s easy to take the plunge and invest in a great quality cocktail/party design that will carry you through some of the best parties and events for years to come. These types of dresses are usually dress code appropriate for graduation events, semi-formal dinners, weddings, birthday parties, family celebrations, etc. The list is endless, and luckily, a simple dress never goes out of style.
That means you can just opt for different accessories and wear it again and again. As the famous Yves Saint Laurent quote goes, ‘fashions fade, style is eternal’. These are truly immortal words to dress yourself by – especially if you can’t afford to replenish your wardrobe every year with a whole host of on-trend cocktail designs. Opt for simplicity, and you’ll always look classic and chic.
Even some of the best dressed bloggers and Instagram style stars have a whole cache of simple wardrobe staples. These are the designs that they re-style and wear on rotation, much like a black biker jacket, a white t-shirt or a trench coat. The simple short dress is just another shortcut to tasteful, beautiful style. Here are a few of our favorite dresses that omit the over-the-top details, focusing instead on statement color, a flattering cut and pure sophistication.
The Best Short Simple Dresses
This sleek fit and flare dress has the most gorgeous navy color, which is flattering against most skin tones. The fitted bodice and flared skirt have been designed to highlight your narrowest point with its high waist. This is a great dress option if you’re happy and confident to show off your shoulders and arms.
Ideal for wearing to weddings, Homecoming or any other party, this dress places the focus where you need it. It even has cute side pockets, making it great for striking a casual pose or storing your lip product. The striking navy shade and gorgeous fit is the focus of this elegant and utterly timeless dress.
How to Style It: Wear with white heels and a white clutch to a wedding, add glittering metallics such as silver or gold for a party, opt for black velvet accessories for a sophisticated dinner or cocktail event.
Champagne is the color of celebration and a great color choice if you have a lot of weddings or parties to attend. This flattering fit and flare design includes a plunging neckline that adds a sexy twist to this look. The neckline is held in place with a sheer mesh insert, making it easy to wear at extended events.
The flared and pleated skirt balances out your figure beautifully and suits most body shapes. From behind, criss cross straps are exposed over an open back. This is a great way to show off some skin, while still remaining quite subtle. This dress has an understated sparkle to it, that will fit in at almost any event you can think of.
How to Style It: Pair this dress with red velvet heels and matte red lips for a holiday party, with nude heels and a metallic clutch teamed with an up-do for a wedding, or opt for flat blush sandals and a blush clutch for a summer party.
This light pink short dress keeps things elegant and refined, with a romantic ballerina vibe that we can’t get enough of. The satin plunging bodice is mixed with a floaty chiffon skirt, two combining fabrics that are both delicate and feminine. Spaghetti straps at the shoulders give way to an entirely open back with a flattering v-shape.
The fitted wrap bodice and floaty skirt work to give you a sexy yet soft look, suitable for women of all shapes and sizes. The pretty pink shade strikes a girly and pretty note that makes it perfect for parties and especially a great choice for wedding guests.
How to Style It: Team with flat tan sandals and a tan leather clutch to give this look a boho twist, or opt for sky high nude heels and a beige clutch. You can also combine florals or lace accessories with this dress to make a more powerful and stylish impact at events.
Play up that hourglass shape with this figure-flaunting teal dress. The pleated detail on the bodice and skirt draw the eye in, making your waist look even smaller and emphasizing your curves in the best way. The off-the-shoulder neckline is sexy and sweet, showing off your shoulders but not too much skin.
The gorgeous teal color is what is most striking about this short dress. The deep blue shade always looks fresh and modern. It also flatters a whole range of skin tones and hair colors flawlessly.
How to Style It: Wear with simple black accessories, a gold necklace and side-parted hair. For a wedding, dress it up with silver open toe heels or high sandals, and a matching metallic clutch. Wear it to dinner with a matte pink lipstick and simple flat shoes.